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Jenks Students Study at Renowned Arts Institute




Eight Jenks area students spent a portion of their summer attending the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute at Quartz Mountain (OSAI), where they studied under nationally renowned faculty artists from across the U.S.

The students were Annarose Atamian, Mikayla Diggs, Valerie Hinkle, Taylor Jones, Sean Melton, Alex Poe, Benjamin Reyes and Emily Shoemake.

All students who attend the institute receive full scholarships.

The two-week program, held in June, offers Oklahoma high school students the opportunity to study one of nine artistic disciplines in the literary, visual and performing arts.

During the day, the students spend six hours studying their chosen discipline, and in the evenings, they attend performances, lectures and demonstrations that expose them to other artistic areas.

Students from different disciplines and backgrounds study, reside and eat meals together in order to encourage friendships and career-enhancing collaborations.

Since its inception in 1977, many accomplished and well-known artists have taught at the program. This year’s Institute includes Philip Mann, music director of the Arkansas Symphony, and Carolyne Wright, award-winning poet and educator. Former faculty artists include recipients of the Academy, Emmy, Grammy and Tony awards.

“OSAI is full of wonderful opportunities to grow as a musician and leader, as well as build friendships with people that last past the end of the camp,” said orchestra student Valerie Hinkle. “I am excited to be able to have this chance to become a better artist.”

Students were selected to attend OSAI through competitive statewide auditions, with nearly 1,000 students auditioning for 272 spots.

Jenks students’ scholarships are provided by the Oklahoma State Department of Education and the following donors: H.A. & Mary K. Chapman Foundation, David and Molly Boren Scholarship Fund. Additional program support is provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council, Jerome Westheimer Family Foundation, McMahon Foundation, Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation, Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, and Zarrow Foundations. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Oklahoma Arts Institute is a private, non-profit organization, with the mission to provide multidisciplinary arts experiences. In addition to the Summer Arts Institute, OAI administers a series of continuing education workshops fort adults every fall. 

Updated 07-25-2017

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